Corban Music hits high note during Hymn Festival

Thursday, February 20, 2014

From the balcony to the floor, music lovers were surrounded by strings, brass, winds and voice during the first night of one of Corban’s best loved traditions on Feb. 20.

The music of the 14th Annual Corban Hymn Festival was a reflection of its theme, “Jesus, Our Friend and Savior” as musicians and audience members lifted their hearts and voices to God at Salem’s first Presbyterian Church. The festival featured classical and modern hymns William J. Bradbury’s “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and Horatio Spafford’s “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” to Kelly Carpenter’s “Draw me Close.”

Throughout the evening, Assistant Professor of Music Mark Stanek, D.A. and Associate Provost for Academics Pam Teschner, Ph.D., read scripture from the Old and New Testaments, including a thundering accompaniment as Teschner read Psalm 93.

The Hymn Festival is free to the public and will continue Friday Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Salem First Presbyterian Church is located at 770 Chemeketa St. NE in Salem.

  • Corban's choir sings to a joyful audience on the first night of the Corban Hymn Festival on Thursday Feb. 20.

  • The Corban Hymn Festival features elements of each Corban band, orchestra and choir.

  • Associate Provost for Academics Pam Teschner, Ph.D., reads scripture during the first night of the Hymn Festival.

  • Music Chair Dan Shuholm encourages the audience to sing with the choir during the first night of the 14th Annual Corban Hymn Festival on Feb. 20. 

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